Friday’s recap: Rain washes away tough day
Player of the Game: It went for naught when the game was canceled in the fourth inning by rain, but Casper Wells (pictured) continued his excellent week with a solo home run in the second off A’s starter A.J. Griffin. Wells had nine RBIs in his last two games and would have made it 10 if Friday’s stats counted. Instead it was all wiped out, but that doesn’t change the fact that Wells is making a strong bid to win the final outfield spot in a crowded competition.
Stat of the Game: Hector Noesi’s Cactus League ERA would have climbed to 19.06 had Friday’s game not ultimately been washed out. Noesi allowed three home runs in two innings on a day when he got charged with seven runs (six earned) on five hits, two walks, a hit batter and wild pitch. Thanks to the rain, none of that counted officially. So Noesi’s ERA drops back to where it started at 14.73 in an already difficult three appearances this spring.
Storyline: Not a whole lot went right in this one, from Noesi’s rough start to a pair of errors and a miscommunicated fly ball, all leading to a 12-1 deficit when the rains came. But the Mariners weren’t trotting out their top-line pitchers against their AL West rivals and you could chalk this one up as a game to forget even before it got flushed by rain.
Worth noting: Young infielder Stefen Romero strained his left oblique muscle while striking out in the second inning and was undergoing tests Friday evening. That’s a tough blow, especially for a kid who’d gone 4-for-5 with a double, two home runs and seven RBIs the day before.
Quote of the Game: “He’s in here with a head full of steam trying to make this team, as are so many others. He’s made some legitimate adjustments to his game, in particular his swing, and it’s just paying off for him.”—Eric Wedge on Casper Wells’ continued strong showing.
Next: Jon Garland makes his third start of the spring when the Mariners travel to Glendale to face the Dodgers at 1:05 p.m. MT (12:05 p.m. PT). Garland has looked good so far, but this three-inning test will be big as he continues trying to show his shoulder is fully recovered from surgery. Joe Saunders is also slated for three innings. After Friday’s rain, the Mariners also lined up a seven-inning “B” game against the Padres for 10 a.m. in Peoria Stadium to get work in for the pitchers who lost time.
And here’s my daily notebook with all the news from camp.